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NEW COUNCIL TAX DISCOUNTS TO BE INTRODUCED AT HULL

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Hull City Council is to use new discretionary powers under the new ...
Hull City Council is to use new discretionary powers under the new

legislation that enables new classes of council tax discount to be created

to reflect local/national needs.

The cabinet has reviewed discount options and has agreed the following:

* A new class of discount where a person living on their own and a member of

the volunteer reserve forces, can apply for a 75% council tax discount if

they are mobilised for a period of 28 days or more at any one time.

* The cabinet also agreed a discount for special constables. Under this

proposal a special constable who is a council tax payer in Hull (or

jointly/severally liable) would be able to claim a 50% discount on their

council tax. (This option is subject to the final approval of the secretary

of state.)

Colin Inglis, council leader and chairman of the Humberside

Police Authority, said:

'If the council gets the Home office approval it is are seeking Hull will

be the first authority in the country to use the new powers in a selective

and targeted way to help the recruitment of more special police constables

in the Hull area, recognising their important role tackling crime at the

heart of the local community.'

Tom McVie, cabinet member with responsibility for finance and

administration, said:

'The further new council tax discounts are important to Hull because they

will assist single charge payers who may have to serve in Iraq or other

troubled zones in the world and will also help recruit and retain special

constables who serve on the streets of Hull assisting to reduce crime and

protecting the citizens of Hull.'

Any approved discount will only be applicable from 1 April 2004 and will be

reviewed annually.

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